Photo by Sean Quinn
Dear Vajra Brothers and Sisters,
Sending Spring greetings and excited murmurs as we prepare for the arrival of our Precious Master. We wanted to send out an update to let you know what we have been working on.
The Mohawk High School has been secured as the main location for Rinpoche's July retreat in MA. We will also have activities with him on Khandroling. Rinpoche has expressed that it is most important we make it easy and inviting for people to access His teachings. While several people on and off the Gakyil made a concerted effort to trouble shoot and plan the retreat with Rinpoche on the land, in the end our real circumstances did not make a retreat on Khandroling as accessible as the Mohawk venue.
Khandroling Road Project
Still the Land of the Dakinis calls; Summer 2015 on Khandroling is packed with activity. Because of generous offers to supplement cost from Community members, the Gakyil has approved a road improvement to access the land better especially after such a harsh MA winter. This is the year to get to the land and practice. Invite all your international Vajra Dance friends, Yantra Yogis and block your calendar accordingly. Here is the full schedule of courses and retreats on Khandroling .
Shine the Light
Let's spread the word and lights together. If you or another community member you know is active on Facebook, twitter, Instagram etc and would like to help us spread the word about Rinpoche's US retreats and the Summer on Khandroling please have them write to the Blue Gakyil. Together we can create a beacon for those looking to connect with our Precious Master and the Supreme Teachings of Dzogchen.
Alignment and a Place to Call Our Own
In other news the IDC alignment is coming close to a finalization. We will complete all documents and then arrange a community vote in order to ratify the alignment. We hope to complete this process by the time Rinpoche arrives at the end of June.
Along with the alignment the Tsegyalgar East Gakyil has approved the time share model for raising money to complete our house in Dzamling Gar. You can read the proposal that was approved in the attachment to this email. We are working closely with Tsegyalgar West Gakyil to update and finalize the proposal.
There are many activities that will be happening around the retreat as well as during. Yantra Yoga, Vajra Dance, Intro to SMS, explanation of Ganapuja, Ganapujas and of course Khaita joyful Dances with the Maestro. A Community Meeting will be held at the time of the Retreat. Included will be an overview of our Strategic Plan for your input, a review of our financial picture, and a focus on future Khandrolling Development. We will have a more complete list of events for you soon.Sometime before Rinpoche's retreat there will be a meeting for a new project being spearheaded by Lauri Marder and Lynn Newdome. The idea will involve collaboration among all the disciplines we are using in the Dzogchen Community. The aim of the project is to introduce people outside the community to the view of working with the mind, body, and energy for development of the human capacity. Reach out to Lauri if you want to learn more
. We will also have a new members welcome team to help orient new students so bring your friends and loved ones. Register NOW, retreats are run solely on your donations.
Tsegyalgar Wants You!
We want to collaborate with you so please let us know how you are able to help during the retreat; all forms of participation welcome. Send us an email and we'll get you coordinated with the right group for your offering.
For those who have not renewed their Membership, please do so as soon as possible to access all your benefits such as a new round of online courses, Rinpoche’s Retreats from all around the world, free use of the Retreat Cabins and much more. To renew, go here. This year we have a monthly payment plan through Paypal to help anyone with budget challenges
We are always happy to hear from you and look forward to meeting many of you in person come July.
With love, The Tsegyalgar East Gakyil